Tuesday, 16 June 2015

FANCAST: 'Infinite' by Erica Crouch (+ review!)

I am both excited and sad to say that today is the official release day for the final book in Erica Crouch's Ignite series! I'm excited, because it's really about time this book was released on the world - I can't wait to see what everyone else thinks about it, because I really enjoyed it. But I'm also really sad, because over the last six months while I've been reading the Ignite series, I've really fallen in love with Pen and Michael and Azael and their story, and I really didn't want it to end.
There are infinite ways to die, and the fates are calling for blood. After evading Azael since her betrayal, it's finally time for Pen to stop running and face her desperate brother. But she won't have to challenge him alone: the rebel army of New Genesis is ready to stand strong and fight to secure the future they believe in.
As Azael spirals deeper and deeper into darkness, and Pen grapples with her new leadership role, a familiar name rises to power whose decisions have the potential to rewrite everyone's future. Dangerous secrets, silent traitors, and unraveling fates means that time is running out. There's no telling who will survive the final battle. 
In this thrilling conclusion to the Ignite series, Pen and Azael return to finish what they started over a millennia ago.  
I don't even really know what to say about this final installment -

- but I'm going to give a little spoiler free review (for the final book, there might be spoilers from earlier in the series!) here, if I can get enough words together to express my thoughts.

'The world is so full of unnecessary people. It is my job to erase them. No one has to order me to do so; I know that it's what I'm meant to do. It's the only purpose my life has anymore.'

If you've read the previous books in the series, you'll know that at this point in time Pen and Michael are with New Genesis members in London, attempting to retrieve the piece of his soul that was separated from him when he was reincarnated. 'Infinite' picks up basically where 'Incite' finished - but instead of just getting Pen and Azael's perspectives in this third novel, we also get to see inside the mind of Lilith, which lends itself to some of the most dark and twisted writing that I've ever read.
The three perspectives mean that we get to see all of the events going on from the different angles, which is both a good and bad thing. In the big fighting scenes it's an absolute blessing - there's so much going on that it would get confusing at times without the other perspectives, or we would always feel as though we were missing something. However, it does make the pace of the novel slow down a lot through the other scenes - there are bits when nothing really seems to be happening, so there's just a lot of talking or internal ruminating on past situations, which was hard to get through but definitely expected with all of the loose ends needing to be tied up in this final installment.
I'm not going to give anything away, but just know that I did shed a few tears throughout this novel and I definitely wish the series didn't have to come to an end, but you won't be disappointed with what Erica Crouch decided to do with it. I had been quite apprehensive about this final book (I'm notorious for never finishing series because I get too nervous about their endings) but I've come out of it just wanting to go back in and read the series all over again. It progressed so well throughout the three books, developing and growing more with every installment, and I definitely rate this series very highly as a whole. This final installment wasn't as flawless as the second book, which was definitely my favourite volume, but it was still much better than most of the books I've ever read, and I love all the characters and the writing style utterly and completely. 
Thank you, Erica, for writing such a brilliant series, and please don't take too long before you come out with another book!

If you're still not sure if 'Infinite' is the book for you, I've included a small excerpt below, just to completely convince you...
Descending the stone stairs of the tower, I shove all thoughts of Jeremy aside. When I crash out into the courtyard, I see her. It's like running into a wall. It stops me dead in my tracks, seeing my sister for the first time since she betrayed me. 
She's dressed in dark, sturdy leather, and her skin is the color of the spidering ice beneath her. Her shoulders are back--the slump she'd held herself in over so many years ironed away by defiance. There's a new strength about her that I can't quite pin, and when Michael reaches out to touch her, a roaring begins in my ears. I'll cut his fingers off one by one. Then maybe I'll feed them to the birds.
The wind tosses Pen's hair across her face for a moment before I can see her more clearly. She's dark and deadly, her eyes bright and her weapons at the ready. All of her muscles are poised to strike at anything that comes near her, and I drink in the picture of my warrior sister. This is who I always wanted her to be: a fighter, forged from iron and bathed in blood. She could rule Hell by my side. If others saw this version of her, they'd understand.
But no one's seen this rendering of Pen. They saw the weak girl splashed with ink. The small demon who ducked her head and spoke to herself too often. They see a traitor, a coward, an angel-lover.
I want to kill her. I want to save her. 
I don't know which one will win out tonight. 
I know you're really pumped for 'Infinite' now, so I'm pleased to be able to give you the chance to win a copy!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Because Erica is doing a Q&A when the 'Infinite' blog tour finishes, you can leave your comments with your questions, that way you're killing two birds with one stone and entering the giveaway too!
If you just can't wait for the giveaway to be over, 'Infinite' is available on Amazon UK and Amazon US - so go, go, go!

Now, it's time for the real celebration to begin... To commemorate the release of 'Infinite', Erica has sent me her dream cast if the series was ever adapted into a movie! I agree with most of her choices, and had been picturing them myself while reading, so you'll have to let me know what you think about them down in the comments...

Kaya Scodelario as Penemuel

Dylan O'Brien as Azael

Hunter Parrish as Michael

Natalie Dormer as Lilith

Matthew Gray Gubler as Gus

Paige Hurd as Kala

Spencer Locke as Ana

Sam Claflin as Eligor

Kimiko Glenn as Zophiel

Harrison Knight as Zepar

Zendaya as Aym

Isabelle Fuhrman as Proserpine

Jake Abel as Raum

Xavier Samuel as Rimmon

Liam Aitken as Jeremy

Clara Lago as Eiael

And last, but definitely not least, Noah Lomax as Asher!

Isn't it such an amazing cast?! I would watch this movie instantly. Erica told me she can never decide on an actor for Lucifer, but I'm interested to hear who you guys would decide to cast as him? All throughout my reading I was imagining Mark Pellegrino, who played Lucifer in Supernatural, but I'm sure we've all been picturing different people!
And sadly, that's it for this blog post, and for the Ignite series. Another huge thank you to Erica, for letting me come along on this journey with her, and to Patchwork Press, an amazing publishing company who never put out a disappointing title. Just remember, if you have anything to say to Erica, or any questions to ask her, her Q&A is on June 30th and you can leave your questions in a comment down below!

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